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Mitchell’s WWE Extreme Rules Results & Report! (7/19/20)

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WWE Extreme Rules 2020

The WWE once again gets EXTREME!

Are you ready for someone’s eye to be taken from them? Are you ready for the Monster Among Men returning home? Are you ready to see just what Dolph Ziggler has planned for Drew McIntyre? ARE YOU READY FOR THE HORROR SHOW?!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Kevin Owens VS Buddy Murphy; Kevin wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships Tables Match: The New Day VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro & Nakamura win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; cancelled.
  • Eye for an Eye Match: Rey Mysterio VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Sasha Banks; Unresolved.
  • WWE World Championship, Ziggler’s Choice: Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • Wyatt Swamp Fight: Braun Strowman VS Bray Wyatt; Wyatt wins.

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It’s the WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff Show!

Join Scott Stanford and Peter Rosenberg in reviewing, discussing and predicting all the action for tonight’s extra extreme event!

 

Renee Young, Booker T and JBL join the show!

Three hall of fame rings and none belong to her, but she’s just as excited as anyone to see the Wyatt Swamp Fight. Booker has no idea what to expect but he’s been anticipating this since the announcement. Looking at Braun Strowman, the Monster Among Men, has two sides. The monster destroyed John Morrison, but the man was trying to convince himself more than anyone that he can do this. Being locked up this long, knowing he’s about to get out and go home, it can be scary.

JBL says he’s with Booker. Braun is going home to cut the cord and get Bray off him once and for all. Booker is right about Braun. Braun can hang with the strongest men in the world, and this match is a must-win! Booker needs that next level moment, and this could be that moment. Braun wants to be his own man, but the method behind the madness in this Swamp Fight is crazy! Renee is worried there will be gators showing up! So who wins? Booker leaves it to JBL but JBL isn’t sure, either. Braun is going to either be a free man or someone with an asterisk. JBL is choosing Bray. Booker says Braun doesn’t want the Fiend, but he still says Bray wins this. Who survives the swamp?

 

Backstage interview with The New Day.

Big E and Kofi Kingston lost last Friday Night SmackDown and now must face Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura in a Tables Tag match! How are they feeling about their chances? Kofi says they are no strangers to tables, but to turly understand a table, you must become one with tables. Big E has been eating off tables. Kofi has slept on tables. And they need to be inside the wood of the table so that the wood can be in you! To truly get inside the mind of tables, they have “The Yoda of Tables,” and was in a movie with RONDA ROUSEY, and it was called TABLES! The brain of the Dudleys, BROTHER D-VON!! “Oh, my brother! Testify!”

This man has been involved in the destruction of at least 10 MILLION tables in his career! The Dudley Boys put everybody through tables! And the New Day, too. Hey, don’t bring up old stuff. But oh great, mighty D-Von, access that girthy brain and let ya bois know the secret to table success. D-Von says it is quite simple. You put your opponents through those tables. Oh…! Well the prophet has spoken! The word is gospel! The New Day shall put those wicked fools through tables tonight! And why? BECAUSE~! New! Day Rocks! D-Von swivels with Kofi and Big E, but is a tables match win truly easier said than done?

 

Backsatge interview with MVP and Bobby Lashley.

The new United States Championship belt is so, so pretty. But MVP knows what Charly is going to ask: How much money did it cost to make this? Well, no, but- MVP won’t tell anyway. Fair enough. The real question is about the title match against the REAL champion, Apollo Crews. Real? Apollo? A real champ comes to work. But Apollo was in some kind of witness relocation program since taking on the Hurt Business. He’s no champ. MVP clams Bobby down and explains to us that Apollo is “verified.” But the more important thing is that tonight, even if Apollo is 100%, he still has to take on “the greatest United States Champion of all time!” And MVP spent a mint on this belt just for him. Some things money can’t buy, and one is wisdom. MVP has the wisdom to know he’ll retain this title.

Apollo’s youth put him in a bad position. MVP was just trying to help. A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from others. So everyone better wise up. After MVP is done with Apollo, and they head off to the after party, Apollo will be pondering his lack of wisdom. To put it this way, it is neither smart nor wise to disrespect MVP or Lashley. Who will truly be THE WWE United States Champion after tonight?

 

Renee, JBL and Booker talk Eye for an Eye.

A truly sadistic match in which you must pluck your opponent’s eye out to win!! Rey Mysterio chose this stipulation, is JBL surprised? No, he’s not. Bringing in a son into this made it very personal. JBL remembers losing to Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 25 and that made JBL quit. But there’s a reason Rey is the ultimate underdog. Rey has everything to fight for and is going to go after Seth Rollins like nothing before. JBL once saw a man pop another man’s eye out, and that was awful. This time, it’ll be legal! JBL wants to see this, though he hopes he can stomach it. Does emotion have an effect? Will there be a plan? Booker often did whatever he had to in order to win. To go on what JBL said, how Dominik was brought into this, not really. Dominik got in this himself. Rey can fight his own battles, but Dominik wanted to fight for his father. Dominik may serve more of a distraction than anything.

So then, who loses an eye? Booker wants to say something first. Rollins has been getting daggers thrown at him and has not waivered, so Rollins wins and takes Rey’s other eye. JBL says Rey wins because while JBL isn’t a father, he knows Booker and other fathers would do whatever they could to help their son. Booker says his son would be home studying. Now that’s a good dad.

 

Kevin Owens VS Buddy Murphy!

The Prizefighter has fought against the Monday Night Messiah’s forces in the past and that continues tonight! Will Kevin keep the disciple from being in any shape to help Seth Rollins against Rey Mysterio tonight?

The bell rings and Murphy rushes Kevin! Kevin dodges the knee but Murphy denies the stunner, and it’s a brawl! Kevin fights Murphy to a corner, lets off but comes back, only for Murphy to BOOT him! Murphy walks up but Kevin punches and CHOPS him back! Kevin whips, Murphy reverses, fires off strikes but misses the knee. Kevin tries again but still no stunner, KNEE TRIGGER! Cover, TWO! Kevin grabs at Murphy but Murphy pushes him away. Murphy takes off his shirt and clubs Kevin down. Murphy drags Kevin up, shoves and forearms Kevin HARD in the back! Murphy pushes Kevin again to SMASH him with another forearm.

Kevin CHOPS back, throws body shots and more CHOPS, then runs, into a sleeper hold! Murphy squeezes tight and Kevin falls to a knee. The crowd rallies up as Kevin fights and powers Murphy to a corner. Kevin rams Murphy into buckles but Murphy holds on tight. Kevin keeps trying, and gets free on the third try. But Murphy BOOTS him back! Murphy hops up, leaps, but into a kick! And DDT! Both men are down and the crowd fires up! A standing count starts as Kevin and Murphy stir. Kevin rises first but Murphy follows. They both stand at 5, Murphy runs over but Kevin dodges to atomic drop and LARIAT! Kevin drops a senton, onto knees! Kevin drags himself to a corner, Murphy runs in but misses the splash!

Kevin back suplexes to throw Murphy into buckles! CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Murphy still lives but Kevin keeps his cool while catching his breath. The crowd rallies up as Kevin watches Murphy flounder. Kevin drags Murphy up, CHOPS him in the corner, then CHOPS him in another corner. Kevin hoists Murphy up top, CHOPS him again, then climbs up to join him. Murphy resists the superplex as the crowd rallies. Murphy hits back with body shots and clubbing forearms. Kevin wobbles and Murphy DECKS him! Murphy leaps, METEORA! Murphy has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Kevin still lives and Murphy can’t believe it. The crowd rallies for “K O! K O!” but Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Kevin up, Kevin ROCKS him with a right!

Both men wobble, Kevin blocks a kick to give a kick, then whips for the pop-up! Mruphy slips out, blocks a kick but Kevin elbows him back. Murphy ripcords to KNEE-TRIGGER! AUSSIE-GOYE! DEAD LIFT BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Murphy is beside himself as Kevin still lives! Kevin crawls to a corner and the crowd continues to rally up. Murphy glares at Kevin as he stalks over. Murphy stomps, CHOPS, but Kevin fights back! Murphy stomps a mudhole into Kevin then hoists him up top. Now Murphy climbs up to join Kevin, but now Kevin resists the superplex. Kevin and Murphy brawl up top, Kevin HEADBUTTS Murphy down!

Kevin drags Murphy up but Murphy GAMANGIRIS! Murphy goes up, Kevin still resists! Kevin turns things around into a SUPER GOURD BUSTER! And then Kevin BEST MOONSAULT EVERS! Cover, TWO!?! Murphy survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin flounders up to his feet and fires up as he goes to Murphy. Murphy is on the apron and he hotshots Kevin away! Murphy goes up top quick, leaps, but no Meteora this time! Kevin SUPERKICKS, then STUNNERS! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

A fast and furious opener gives the Prizefighter a big win! Will things now be fair and square in the grudge match between Mysterio and Rollins?

 

Renee, JBL and Booker discuss the Women’s Championship matches.

Two big parts of the Women’s (R)Evolution, Bayley and Sasha Banks have been on a huge run. Will Sasha become #TwoBeltsBanks? Booker says the Golden Role Models are a lethal combination, but Asuka becoming champion, that title gives you that invincibility. Getting some wins under your belt gives you momentum, and that’s where Asuka. It will be a battle of wills for Asuka and Sasha. Do Kairi and Bayley get involved at all? JBL hopes not at all. Before Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch got going, it was Sasha and Asuka. Bayley and Sasha is like HHH and HBK! Two great champions who are great friends. Sasha has the momentum, but as Booker said, winning begats winning. Asuka is going to walk out of this as Raw Women’s Champion. Booker concurs. Will The Boss be ready for the Empress of Tomorrow?

Speaking of Raw, The Viper and the Giant have an UNSANCTIONED Match! What does this do to the legacy of BIg Show if he loses? JBL says it doesn’t really hurt. Randy Orton is the Legend Killer for a reason. Big Show is on the Andre the Giant level, perhaps even higher. But Orton has not been any better than he is right now. Show doesn’t have anything to prove and Orton wants to knock off another legend, Orton wins. Booker agrees with the Andre parallel and other legends. “Time waits for no one,” and that is where we are with Show. Show has given a lot, but has had his health issues for being so big for so long. Show has been in wrestling for a long time while Orton is always looking to put another notch on his belt. Friend or foe, this is just how Orton is! Orton could easily end Show’s wrestling career if he’s not careful.

JBL adds that if Orton wins more titles, he could be THE greatest of all time. He is finally on the Mount Rushmore! Renee agrees with that. But keep in mind, Ric Flair is in Orton’s corner for this match. The best of the best of the best and Show is trying to step to that. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow night!

 

Do you want to go somewhere really scary?

Come and see a place like no other. Things here will make you tremble with fear and keep you up at night. Things that people do and the ways that they do them. Look with your morbid curiosity. Like a car crash. You want to turn away but you can’t. Be warned. Once you get a glimpse, there’s no going back. To go forward, two men will go back home. To get past this grudge, two men go eye for an eye. To determine the truly great, two champions face intense challengers. To settle a score, two men will go to the extreme. But don’t worry. It’ll all be over soon. It’s okay to scream. Just let it out. This is the horror show at Extreme Rules!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships Tables Match: The New Day VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!

AWWWW~ people at hooome~! Don’t you dare be sour! Watch Big E & Kofi Kingston defend these titles, and feel~ the power~! Brother D-Von shared his wisdom in regards to tables, but will it be enough to stop the roll the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style have been on?

The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and this table breaking summer blockbuster begins!

It’s a brawl right away as Cesaro goes after Kofi and Nakamura goes after Big E! They end up in opposite corners and Cesaro ROCKS Kofi with European Uppercut after uppercut! Nakamura gives Big E Bad Vibrations, then the Artist Collective trades and Nakamura BOOTS Kofi while Cesaro uppercuts Big E! They go back the other way but Big E dumps Nakamura out! Cesaro ROCKS Big E with a EuroUpper and a JAB! Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Cesaro down! Big E rams into Cesaro, then Positivity in Motion! Belly2belly! The New Day stands tall and the crowd fires up! Big E and Kofi go out, grab a table and put it in the ring. But Cesaro comes over to stop Kofi and Nakamura hits Big E. Cesaro sends Kofi into barriers while Big E brawls with Nakamura.

The New Day turns things around, Nakamura goes into Plexiglas. Big E whips Kofi at Nakamura for a BIG dropkick! “How’d that feel?” They follow up to whip and basement dropkick Cesaro into steel steps! The crowd is fired up as Kofi bounces Cesaro off Plexiglas. The New Day gathers more tables and brings Cesaro over. Kofi clubs away on Cesaro while Big E finishes setting things up. The New Day brings Cesaro to the apron and Big E electric chair lifts! But Nakamura throws Kofi down and basement dropkicks him! Cesaro slips down to throw Big E into barriers! Cesaro throws steel steps at Big E! Nakamura sets up a table and Cesaro helps him bring Kofi up. Cesaro throws EuroUppers and Nakamura stomps Kofi in the corner. They hoist Kofi up top but Kofi fights back.

Cesaro and Nakamura throw forearms then position the table closer. The Artists climb up but Big E returns to dump Cesaro down! Big E has Nakamura in position, Kofi stands, but Nakamura fights out! Cesaro hits Kofi and trophy lifts him! Nakamura knocks tables down in the ring before Big E can do anything, and Kofi escapes Cesaro to enziguri! Big E runs and SPEARS Cesaro off the apron! Both men hit the floor but no tables break so this match continues! The crowd is thunderous while the refs check on both men. Kofi turns his attention to Nakamura and boots him down! Big E manages to stand and Kofi regroups with him. They focus on Cesaro, drag him up and bring a table around.

Kofi throws uppercuts of his own, then haymakers to put Cesaro on the table. Big E adds clubbing forearms, and the New Day go to the ring. Kofi builds speed and Big E gives him a boost, but Nakamura saves Cesaro to throw the table at Kofi!! The table doesn’t break but Kofi might have! Nakamura kicks Big E down while Cesaro adjusts the table. The Artists drag Kofi up, they double suplex, but Big E reels Kofi into the ring! Big E gets clubbed 2v1 and then a boot-knee combo! Big E is just limp on the ropes and the Artists toy with him. Cesaro and Nakamura drag Big E up now and plan the same double suplex. Big E fights back with body shots, runs, but gets DOUBLE KNEES! Cesaro and Nakamura drag Big E up again and continue as planned. But Big E suplexes Cesaro in first!

Nakamura hits a SLIDING KNEE! Nakamura hurries to get another table involved. The crowd claps and rallies as Nakamura sets this table up. Kofi is up top and LEAPS to TRUST FALL Nakamura down!! Big E OVERHEAD suplexes Cesaro! The stomping stampede goes down all over the place! Kofi KICKS Nakamura while he’s down then Big E comes out to coordinate. They add another table! Kofi says they asked for this! It’s a table stack! Big E drags Cesaro up to the top rope and the crowd is going wild for what is coming. But Nakamura anchors Cesaro! Kofi goes after Nakamura, they brawl but so do Big E and Cesaro! Kofi runs at Nakamura but gets dumped out! Cesaro ROCKS Big E, bumps him off the post and dumps him into the ring!

But Big E still scoops Cesaro! Nakamura saves Cesaro, Cesaro trips Big E, Swiss Swing into SLIDING KNEE! Kofi returns to springboard and ax handle! Kofi rallies, and forearms Nakamura off the apron! Nakamura bumps the table but pushes it away. Kofi PESCADO! Kofi leaps off the steps and forearms Cesaro! Kofi fires off on Cesaro in the corner and then hoists him up top! The crowd is thunderous for this furious Kofi as he climbs up with Cesaro. SUPER ST- NO! Cesaro blocks the Steiner, Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES him! Cesaro dead lifts, to SUPER POWERBOMB KOFI THROUGH THE TABLE TOWER!!! Cesaro and Nakamura win!!

Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro (NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

A masterpiece of destruction! The New Day literally falls, and now new champions rise! And Cesaro makes Michael Cole take a good, hard look. “Actions speak louder than words!” Will Cesaro and Nakamura continue on this incredible roll?

 

Bliss-Cross and the Kabuki Warriors talk backstage.

Alexa wants them to repeat after her. “Believe and you can achieve.” Believe and achieve! Asuka will beat Sasha, Nikki will beat Bayley. “I have faith in myself. Tonight is my night!” Thanks, girls! Nikki is feeling great now! She is ready! Asuka, Kairi and Alexa believe in Nikki, and Nikki is feeling invincible. But even if you lose, they’ll still be your friend! Thanks, Kairi… But yeah! Nikki heads out for her title opportunity!

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!

The Loony Lass finally gets a shot at a singles title on the main roster! But will she be able to withstand the pressure? Or will #BayleyDosStraps break her?

The introductions are made, the SmackDown Women’s title is raised, and this crisis of confidence showdown begins!

The crowd rallies for Nikki as she circles with Bayley. They tie up and Bayley powers Nikki to a corner while even laughing. Bayley pushes Nikki as she lets up and then taunts Nikki as “too easy.” Bayley mocks the cheering, they go again, and Nikki waistlocks only for Bayley to throw her off. Bayley double guns and Nikki has to cool off. Bayley mocks Nikki, “Do it for Alexa!” The crowd still rallies for Nikki as she ties up with Bayley again. Nikki puts Bayley in the corner and SLAPS her! Sasha and Bayley are both furious but Nikki attacks! Bayley denies the bulldog but the PURGE hits!! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and bails out, but Nikki wrecks her with a dropkick! Nikki hits a TORNADO DDT! Nikki puts Bayley in, Bayley flounders as Nikki climbs, crossbody! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps going, climbs back up and leaps again! Crossbody number two, cover, TWO! Nikki won’t give up, she goes up again! Bayley bails out again, but Nikki leaps from the apron for the hat trick! The crowd is thunderous as Nikki takes Bayley down! Nikki brings Bayley up but Bayley RAMS her into barriers! Then the Plexiglas! The ring count passes 5, Bayley shoves Nikki into the barriers then into the ring. Cover, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated with Nikki and throws haymakers in the corner. “You think you’re all confident?” Bayley and Sasha mock Nikki while Bayley chants Nikki on the ropes. Bayley kicks Nikki while she’s down, drops elbows and covers, TWO! Bayley drags Nikki up, then chokes her in front of Alexa! The ref counts, Bayley stops and Nikki hits back.

Bayley bumps Nikki off buckles, rams her shoulder in over and over, but lets up at the ref’s count. Bayley snapmares Nikki to a cover, ONE! Bayley wraps Nikki in a chinlock, the crowd rallies up and Alexa coaches Nikki. Nikki fights and flails, gets up and arm-drags Bayley off! Bayley comes back to clobber Nikki then club away at the ropes. Bayley drags Nikki into the apron skirt! She’s using Nikki’s tricks as she clubs away! Alexa protests, the ref reprimands, but Bayley brags about her haircut. Wait where is Nikki? She found Sasha on the other side of the ring! Nikki baits Bayley into the trap! Nikki shows Bayley how to do it as she fires off furious forearms! Nikki puts Bayley in the ring and takes Bayley’s hotshot!

Bayley staggers to a corner, Nikki copies the wacky waving arms for the back elbow! Bayley goes old school, too, but Nikki fights the Bayley2Belly off! Nikki takes Sasha’s Bank Statement Crossface! Bayley crawls, powers up and hits BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!! Nikki survives and shocks the Role Models! Bayley rains down furious right hands but Alexa and the crowd are thunderous for Nikki. Bayley jams her knee into Nikki’s face, then drags her to a corner. Bayley hoists Nikki up top, climbs to join her, and hits the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bayley can’t believe it, argues with the ref, but Nikki rolls her up! TWO!! Bayley KNEES Nikki down! Cover, TWO! Nikki still lives but Bayley drags her up by her hair to throw her out of the ring.

Bayley follows after, gets a good luck hug from Sasha, and then daredevil dropkicks, into a swing from Nikki! Bayley SMACKS into post! Nikki gets in, rams into Bayley, then throat chops! Bayley comes back, Nikki slips out of the scoop to inverted DDT! Both women are down but the crowd keeps rallying up! Sasha grows worried but Alexa has confidence. Nikki runs, ducks and forearms Bayley down! Nikki starts to rally and she dropkicks Bayley to a corner. Nikki runs in, corner splash to BULLDOG! Bayley is down but Nikki fires up as she climbs up! Nikki leaps again, but Bayley gets under. Bayley comes back, Nikki dodges to ripcord neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nikki grits her teeth as she drags Bayley back up. Nikki gets Bayley up for a back suplex! But she keeps going, another back suplex! Cover, TWO!

Alexa coaches Nikki and the crowd continues to rally. Bayley reaches, Sasha takes deep breaths, but Nikki throws off the vest! Nikki climbs up but Bayley bumps ropes to trip her up! Bayley runs side to side to KNEE Nikki down! Cover, TWO! Nikki still lives and Sasha is losing her cool. Bayley is also upset, she runs in but gets BUCKLES! Both women are down again but the crowd is loving this! Nikki goes out to drag Bayley onto the apron, DRAPING PURGE!! Both women are down on the outside and the ring count begins! The count reaches 5 as Bayley and Nikki both get in. Bayley CLOBBERS Nikki down, but Nikki CLOBBERS Bayley back! Cover, TWO!!

Nikki isn’t sure what she has to do as she reaches for Bayley. Bayley kicks her away and Sasha helps Bayley get to the apron. Sasha slips something to Bayley?! She distracts the ref, Alexa steps to Sasha, Bayley uses the brass knuckles, or BOSS knuckles rather, to sucker punch Nikki! FACEPLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Sasha has a huge assist in this match to keep Bayley Dos Straps at dos straps! Will Bayley do the same for Sasha so that she can win a second title? Or will the Kabuki Warriors see the tricks coming this time? As for Nikki, was this the one and only time she gets her shot at gold?

 

It’s a special edition of the Firefly Fun House!

And a really creepy one at that… In a castle’s secret laboratory, “Braycula” welcomes us to the Horror Show at Extreme Rules! It has already been a ghastly evening, but the worst has yet to come! For he will show us the most horrifying footage known to man! It’s the SmackDown Karaoke Showdown! Ramblin’ Rabbit, that was the wrong footage. But now, the real horrors! Bear witness to never-before-seen video of the little lost sheep who became a monster coming home to his creator who holds the whole world in his hands! MWAHAHAHAHA!

 

WWE has an update on tonight’s United States Championship match!

Apollo Crews is NOT medically cleared to compete against MVP tonight! Apollo was ready and willing, but he did not pass his physical because of an injury sustained at the hands of Bobby Lashley. So what does that mean for tonight’s match?

MVP and Bobby Lashley head to the ring!

“Now let that be a lesson to anyone foolish enough to step into the ring with the All Mighty Bobby Lashley.” Unfortunately, there is a problem they must come to terms with. Lashley can NOT apply that Full Nelson with such power that it injures someone to the hindrance of furthering MVP’s career. So do to forfeit, the NEW WWE United States Champion is… MVP! Lashley helps MVP put the shiny new belt on, and it’s apparently official. MVP and Lashley head out to still go to that after party. Will Apollo Crews return to make sure MVP doesn’t continue to twist the truth?

 

Eye for an Eye Match: Rey Mysterio VS Seth Rollins!

The King of Lucha Libre doesn’t mean this metaphorically, he means this literally! He wants to make the Monday Night Messiah pay for everything he’s done and lose use of an eye just like he has! But Rollins wants to permanently sacrifice Mysterio for the “greater good.” Who truly turns this PPV into a horror show by taking out another man’s eye from his skull?!

Rollins enters, and presents a pair of PLIERS! He is more than prepared to rip Mysterio’s working eye from his face! But Mysterio enters from behind! The bell rings, Mysterio dropkicks Rollins to ropes, but Rollins gets clear of the 619! Rollins drags Mysterio out, aims for the steel steps, but Mysterio slips out and gets back in the ring. Rollins follows, Mysterio runs but Rollins follows to SLING BLADE! Rollins seethes as he finally takes off his jacket. Rollins claws at Mysterio’s mask! Mysterio gets to a corner, Rollins throws forearms and shoulders in. Rollins whips corner to corner, Mysterio goes up and over, slips off and kicks his leg! Mysterio digs at Rollins’ eyes! Mysterio throws hands then whips but Rollins reverses. Mysterio headscissors Rollins into the post!

Mysterio uses Rollins’ pliers but Rollins gets away! Mysterio decides to bring out a table, and a toolbox!? Mysterio has rebar and swings it at Rollins! Rollins gets clear, hurries out to the other side, and looks under the ring. Mysterio grabs at Rollins but gets a kendo stick SMACK! Rollins gets in the ring and aims the tip, but Mysterio ducks to dropkick the legs out! Mysteiro kicks Rollins then runs, QUEBRADA! Rollins catches him, but Mysterio slips off and shoulders back. Mysterio slingshots to headscissor Rollins onto ropes! Mysterio runs, but Rollins bails out. So Mysterio drags him up by his hair, only for Rollins to shoulder into him. Rollins steps up, drags Mysterio over, and goes after buckles. Mysterio blocks the bump to hit back.

Mysterio springs up but the headscissor is blocked! Rollins pops Mysterio to his shoulder, positions him, APRON FALCON ARROW!! The crowd is freaking out while the ref checks on Mysterio. Somehow Mysterio is okay to continue but Rollins has him. Rollins digs his fingers into the good eye! Mysterio gets away but Rollins stalks him around the way. “I’m gonna get that eye!” Rollins rams Mysterio into the apron then grabs the rebar. Rollins swings but Mysterio ducks and dodges! Mysterio hurries but Rollins jabs the bar into the ribs and lower back! Rollins keeps Mysterio from getting away and wants to use the steel steps! Mysterio resists with everything he has and elbows Rollins away! Mysterio kicks low, but Rollins RAMS Mysterio into barriers!

Rollins drags Mysterio up and puts him in the ring. Rollins has the kendo stick again and wants to dig the end of it in! Mysterio holds Rollins off but Rollins stomps his ribs. Rollins throws Rollins out of the ring, Mysterio slides out and falls hard on the table he left behind! Rollins heads out after Mysterio, but Mysterio calls him a “son of a b*tch!” Rollins stomps Mysterio and says none of this would’ve happened if Mysterio had just listened. Rollins uses a chair! He wants to use a leg to destroy the eye! Mysterio resists so Rollins uses the chair to trap Mysterio against the ground! Rollins grabs at the eye! Mysterio slaps the hands away and Rollins lets off. Mysterio uses the chair for his own to JAM Rollins in the ribs! Mysterio swings, Rollins dodges, the chair hits the desk!

Rollins clubs Mysterio from behind, then grabs a pen! Mysterio dodges the pen stab! Rollins has a hook! Mysterio dodges that, then drop toeholds Rollins! Rollins hits the point of the desk! Rollins’ eyes are not out, so Mysterio must keep going. Mysterio has the chair and wants to do the same leg attack Rollins tried! Rollins kicks Mysterio away but Mysterio grabs more tools from the box. Rollins CHAIR SHOTS Mysterio on the back first! Mysterio leans against the ring but Rollins brings out spare tag rope. Rollins ties Mysterio’s arm to the bottom rope! Mysterio fights back with the free arm and then boots Rollins away! Rollins staggers into a headscissor into the POST! Rollins flounders while Mysterio frees himself.

Mysterio stalks after Rollins as he goes into the ring. Rollins grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Mysterio in the chest! Mysterio writhes while Rollins uses the stick to stand. Rollins SMACKS Mysterio again! The crowd boos but Rollins spots Mysterio on the apron. Rollins wedges the kendo stick into the post and brings Mysterio up. The crowd rallies as Rollins says it didn’t have to be this way. “Open your eyes!” Mysterio avoids the stick and hits back! Mysterio enziguris Rollins, goes up top, and leaps for the seated senton! Mysterio keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl headscissors and a basement dropkick! The crowd is fired up as Mysterio climbs up top. Mysterio leaps again, FROG SPLASH! Rollins writhes but Mysterio gets to his feet.

Mysterio digs his thumbs at Rollins’ eyes! Rollins pushes Mysterio away, runs in but into a boot! Mysterio runs and rolls but Rollins makes it an alley-oop bomb! Mysterio is down and Rollins grits his teeth. Rollins watches Mysterio crawl, he runs in, but no Curb Stomp! Mysterio runs, tornado DDT’s! Rollins rolls to the apron and flops to the floor. Mysterio eggs Rollins on, grabs the kendo stick, but Rollins clubs him on the back. Rollins Electric Chairs Mysterio, but Mysterio SMACKS the stick against Rollins’ face! Mysterio sunset BOMBS Rollins into barriers! Both men are down but the crowd is thunderous! Mysterio gets up first and back into the ring. Mysterio builds speed to slide and sunset BOMB Rollins again!!

Rollins is down but Mysterio sits up. The crowd cheers Mysterio on as he grabs the kendo stick. Mysterio BREAKS it to have a jagged piece of bamboo! Rollins is on the apron, Mysterio has the piece! Mysterio digs it into Rollins’ eye!! Rollins gets the bamboo away but what about his eye?! No blood or eye, so Mysterio gives Rollins a 619!! Rollins clutches his face but there’s still no blood or eye. Mysterio brings Rollins up, but Rollins turns things around! The steel steps come back into play, but Mysterio slips out to STEAL THE STOMP!! Rollins is down but this isn’t over yet. Mysterio stands, Rollins takes off the eye patch to show the damaged eye. “You’re no messiah, Seth.” Mysterio drags Rollins to the steel steps!!

Rollins tries but he can’t fight it off! The steps come so close to his eye but Rollins mule kick LOW BLOWS Mysterio! Rollins SUPERKICKS Mysterio against barriers! Rollins aims, and CURB STOMPS Mysterio down! The crowd boos but Rollins crawls to Mysterio. “You did this to yourself, Rey!” They go back to the steel steps! Rollins wants to finish this and Mysterio fights with everything he can but it doesn’t look to be enough! Rollins is going to go after the already bad right eye! Mysterio’s eye is being dug in! Rollins lets off. When Mysterio turns around, Rollins is sick to his stomach! The eye is OUT!! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins

Mysterio’s son, Dominik, and medics rush out. The eye is out and needs to be put back in! Rollins actually VOMITS over seeing the eye! The medics help Mysterio up the ramp, with Dominik following behind. Everyone is speechless, and even Rollins isn’t sure what to make of this. The crowd boos at Rollins as he awkwardly leaves. Was the greater good worth what Rollins just did to another human being?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

A “nefarious” victory for the champ, but we all look up to Rey Mysterio. Bayley is in shock like we all are. She isn’t sure if he’ll get a chance to see this video, but she wants him to know, “You’re not seeing double!” She is STILL #BayleyDosStraps! CLINK CLINK! And now, she introduces the Legit Boss, the Blueprint and soon to be another double champion, Sasha Banks! That’s how you do an introduction, Kayla! Any more questions? Doesn’t matter! Bayley has annihilated everyone left on the roster! Go check on Nikki, she might be hurt. And then when Sasha wins, they’ll hold all the gold and all will be right in the world. Bring the champagne, put it on ice at ringside, it’s time to celebrate! Will it really be that easy for these two to take over?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka w/ Kairi Sane VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!

The Golden Role Models still have all the belts they came in with but are looking to add one more! Will the Empress of Tomorrow deny what The Boss considers destiny? Or are we about to witness the rise of #DoubleDoubleChampChamps?

The introductions are made, the Raw title is raised, and the fate of the WWE Women’s Division is on the line!

Asuka and Sasha circle but the crowd is on Asuka’s side. Sasha and Asuka tie up, go around, and end up in a corner. The ref counts, Sasha pushes Asuka across the way into the other corner. The ref counts again but Sasha pie faces Asuka as she breaks. Asuka and Sasha circle again and tie up. Sasha headlocks and grinds Asuka down, but Asuka fights up. Sasha throws big knees, headlocks again but Asuka fights back. Asuka powers out, follows Sasha, but Sasha spins Asuka around to throw her down by her hair! Bayley is the only one cheering as Sasha looms over Asuka. Asuka KICKS Sasha back! Asuka fires off fast strikes then shoves Sasha, but Sasha turns the pop-up knee into a takedown! BANK STATEMENT!

Asuka scrambles and reaches for ropes, but Sasha lets her go just to stomp away on the hands! Asuka gets up but Sasha BOOTS her down, then basement Meteoras! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on Asuka with a double knuckle lock cover, TWO! Kairi cheers on “Asuka-nee” but Sasha puts the shoulders down. TWO as Asuka gets the other arm up. Sasha goes again, TWO as Asuka bridges! Sasha drops on Asuka for another cover, TWO! Sasha tries again, Asuka flips Sasha around and gets the ARMBAR! Sasha rolls and rolls to the ropebreak! Asuka lets go fast and Sasha is on the apron. Asuka brings her up but Sasha forearms back! Sasha knuckle locks, climbs and jumps to arm-drag Asuka away! Asuka gets up, Sasha CHOPS her! Asuka eggs Sasha on and Sasha chops again! And again!

Sasha fires off furious palm strikes then knees low. Sasha tries the arm-drag again but gets a KNEE! Kairi and the crowd cheer as Asuka aims at Sasha. Asuka runs, to HIP ATTACK Sasha down! Bayley is worried as Sasha is down. Asuka goes out to drag Sasha back up and into the ring, but Sasha spins to tiger feint Asuka down! Asuka climbs up, Sasha runs to SUNSET FLIP! Asuka holds onto ropes, fights the hands off, and STOMPS Sasha in the chest! Asuka then sliding KNEES Sasha down! The crowd and Kairi are fired up for Asuka as she drags Sasha up. Asuka puts Sasha back in, and then chicken wings! Sasha arm-drags Asuka off the lock and into buckles! Sasha runs to meteora Asuka into the buckles! Then Sasha hotshots the arm on the crossbar! Cover, TWO!

Asuka still lives, Sasha goes after Asuka’s arms! Sasha pulls on the wrist and fingers while standing on the other hand. Asuka endures as Sasha tortures the joins. The ref reprimands, Sasha lets go, and Asuka sits up in the corner. Kairi and the crowd rally up but Sasha drags Asuka around. Asuka hits back with body shots and a shove, but Sasha tilt-o-whirls to a mount! Sasha has the mounted armbar then grabs the other arm. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch as Sasha makes the arms meet! And she sneaks pulling on the fingers literally behind Asuka’s back. Sasha then uses Danielson Stomps to put Asuka down! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and the crowd keeps cheering her own. Sasha tells Asuka to give up but Asuka shouts, “NEVER!”

Sasha KNEES Asuka to the corner, throws fast hands, then turns Asuka sideways for the STOCK DROP! Then a BIGGER drop! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and endures the pain in her ribs, but Sasha starts giving her kicks. Sasha grabs both arms again for that modified stretch. Asuka endures as the crowd continues to rally. Asuka fights up, but Sasha does more stomps! Asuka keeps her shoulders up off the mat to kick and kick and kick back! Asuka stands to keep kicking! Sasha blocks one to spin Asuka but Asuka ducks to BACK HAND! Sasha flounders all the way to a corner and the crowd is fired up again. Asuka runs corner to corner but Sasha goes up to Nightshade Asuka into buckles! Bayley is relieved and Sasha is up top, but Asuka kicks her legs out! DRAPING CODE BREAKER!

Both women are down but stirring. Sasha and Asuka grab at each other feebly as Kairi coaches Asuka up. Sasha goes to the apron but Asuka fires up and runs! Asuka hip attacks but misses, Sasha KICKS her back! Sasha then grabs Asuka in a waistlock! Asuka holds ropes for dear life, elbows Sasha away, then blocks a kick to put Sasha in the ropes! Asuka fires off forearms and wants the suplex like Sasha. Sasha elbows Asuka off, slips under, and BOMBS Asuka into the Plexiglas!! The crowd boos as Sasha drags Asuka up and into the ring. Sasha climbs up top, aims at Asuka in the drop zone, and FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives, but Sasha gets the BANK STATEMENT!

Sasha cranks hard, Asuka reaches, gets an arm free, and crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK! Sasha lets go at 4, and is growing further frustrated with Asuka. Sasha joins Asuka on the apron, and tells Asuka she is the greatest ever. But Asuka doesn’t care, she throws forearms! POP-UP KNEE! Sasha flops down, Asuka fires up and brings Sasha up on the ropes! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Sasha swing, into another GERMAN! Asuka fires off kick after kick, then runs for the sliding enziguri! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives but Asuka keeps her cool. Asuka buzzsaws, Sasha blocks. Sasha kicks, Asuka blocks to GERMAN! Then HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but Bayley is stressing out. Kairi cheers as Asuka climbs up top. Asuka aims, leaps, but the missile dropkick misses! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

Both women are down in exhaustion as their tag partners coach them up. Sasha sits up first, heads for a corner, but Asuka rocks her on the top rope! Asuka climbs up to join Sasha, brings her around, but Sasha resists the superplex! Sasha clubs and elbows Asuka over and over until she flops off the corner. Sasha laughs while adjusting her position, but Asuka gets up to club her back! Asuka climbs back up, waistlocks, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! But Sasha lands on her feet!? CORNER METEORA! Sasha hurries up top, but she slips off the ropes! Sasha clutches her leg, but she shouts at the ref to leave her alone! She wants to win this title! Sasha crawls to Asuka and the two start brawling with forearms!

Sasha drags Asuka up, blocks a punch and goes for a takedown! Asuka denies it, gets the chicken wing but Bayley jumps on the apron! Kairi yanks her off and they start brawling! Bayley ducks a back hand to BAYLEY2BELLY Kairi! Sasha rolls Asuka, Asuka rolls it back, but Sasha pops out! Sasha grabs, Asuka drops to victory roll, TWO! Asuka has Ssaha’s hair, drags her into the chinlock but Sasha resists the full lock. Bayley throws a title belt in! The ref grabs it, Sasha is tapping! Bayley aims, the ref shouts at Bayley, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Bayley down! Kairi sneaks sometihng to Asuka?! Bayley drags herself out of the ring while Sasha sits up. Sasha has the tag belt and aims at Asuka! But this won’t win her the Raw title!

The ref takes the tag belt, Sasha complains, Asuka turns her around and SPITS MIST! But Sasha ducks and the ref gets hit!! Sasha grabs Asuka, Asuka spins around but Bayley BELT SHOTS Asuka from behind!! Bayley takes the ref’s shirt off him!? To put it on!? Bayley is making herself a ref! Sasha covers, Bayley counts, Sasha wins?! Bayley wants them to ring the bell but the timekeeper refuses. Bayley scares him into doing it, and takes the Raw belt away!

Winner(?): Sasha Banks

Bayley gives the belt to Sasha, but this can’t be official in any sense of the word. What is going to happen with the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

Charly Caruso has an update on Rey Mysterio.

Rey is going to a local medical facility where he will be treated for “traumatic globe luxation.” Absolutely horrifying to say the least, but there is good news. If the optic nerve is not severed and that the rest isn’t damaged, Mysterio can maintain his vision. Is there a chance Mysterio can still keep both eyes?

 

WWE World Championship, Ziggler’s Choice: Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Scottish Stud refuses to let the Show-Off take credit for his accomplishments, or to feel entitled to some kind of thank you match. Things only escalated from there and have gotten very personal. McIntyre is so confident in his victory that he is letting Ziggler choose the stipulation! Just what does Ziggler have in mind for his old friend?

McIntyre glares at Ziggler, demanding to know the stipulation. Ziggler wants the introductions first, so the introductions are made. Now Ziggler takes the mic to say, “You made a big mistake, Drew. I’m smarter than you, you underestimated me, signed the contract and let me pick the stipulation afterwards.” So here it is: The WWE World Championship will be EXTREME RULES! Wow, what a surprise. “For Dolph Ziggler only!” And NO Champion’s Advantage! If McIntyre runs away, Ziggler gets the title! If McIntyre gets himself disqualified, Ziggler gets the title! “I always told you, kid. Mine’s bigger! Now ring the bell.” The title is raised, and this one-sided extremism begins!

McIntyre and Ziggler circle, Ziggler bails out but McIntyre follows. Ziggler starts looking under the ring but hesitates. McIntyre JABS Ziggler then bumps him off the announce desk! McIntyre bumps Ziggler off the apron then POSTS him! There’s still a lot of ways to bend the normal rules for the champ! McIntyre puts Ziggler in then bumps him hard off buckles! McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler and the crowd cheers as he looms over Ziggler. McIntyre brings Ziggler up to belly2belly TOSS him! “Get up, Dolph! Get up!” Ziggler writhes as McIntyre aims, and Ziggler bails out. McIntyre follows after as Ziggler crawls. McIntyre drags Ziggler up to throw haymakers. The ring count on McIntyre begins, and Ziggler rakes McIntyre’s eyes! McIntyre gets into the ring, Ziggler gets a chair!

Ziggler aims but McIntyre blocks! McIntyre takes the chair away, tosses it, and still blocks a superkick for a SNAP belly2belly! Didn’t think that was possible. McIntyre follows Ziggler out, brings Ziggler up to CHOP him against the apron! McIntyre puts Ziggler back in before the ring count hits 5. McIntyre stands Ziggler up, Ziggler throws body shots but they do nothing. McIntyre shoves, Ziggler kicks back! Still nothing. McIntyre clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring! McIntyre stalks Ziggler, brings him up, and scoops him, only for Ziggler to slip out and POST him! Ziggler RAMS McIntyre into Plexiglas then POSTS him again! Ziggler shoves McIntyre away while he brings out a table. McIntyre gets in the ring at 6, Ziggler sets his table up but McIntyre returns.

McIntyre clubs Ziggler, drags him up, and suplexes him away from the table to hit the floor! McIntyre is frustrated at how close he was to messing up. McIntyre puts Ziggler back in, drags him up in a dead lift SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and McIntyre is losing his cool. The crowd cheers McIntyre on as he looms over Ziggler. “I told you I was going to beat you until you’re unconscious, Dolph. I can do this all night.” McIntyre brings Ziggler up, Ziggler LOW BLOWS him! Ziggler is in Extreme Rules so he can get away with it! Ziggler grabs chairs from under the ring and brings them all in. Ziggler sits one up, then gives McIntyre a SMACK to the back, a JAB to the ribs and more SMACKS to the back! Chair shot after chair shot drops McIntyre to the mat.

McIntyre drags himself up using the one chair, but Ziggler SMACKS him again! McIntyre ended up in a chair vice! Then a HEAD SHOT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but has to bail out to the apron. Ziggler grins as he stalks behind McIntyre. Ziggler leaps from the apron, into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre TOSSES Ziggler into and over the announce desk!! Commentary just gets clear while McIntyre goes back into the ring. McIntyre catches his breath and refreshes the count to clear off the announce desk! McIntyre drags Ziggler up onto the desk and looks to finish this. McIntyre wants people to move, and then bearhugs Ziggler, only for Ziggler to fight off the super belly2belly! Ziggler kicks the legs out and McIntyre hops off the desk. Ziggler SUPER FAMOUSERS McIntyre down!!

Both men are down, the ring count on McIntyre passes 5! Ziggler gets in, McIntyre drags himself in at 9! Ziggler flounders over to McIntyre but McIntyre shoves him away. McIntyre runs, Ziggler dodges but McIntyre lands on the apron. McIntyre ROCKS Ziggler, but slowly climbs the corner. Ziggler gets under the ax handle to leap on for a sleeper hold! McIntyre gets the ropes but Ziggler is not affected by ropebreaks! McIntyre starts to fade as Ziggler squeezes tighter! The crowd rallies, McIntyre gets his second wind, and throws Ziggler off! Ziggler flounders to a corner, McIntyre runs over but gets POST! Ziggler POSTS McIntyre the other way! But McIntyre still LARIATS back! Both men are down and the crowd rallies up.

McIntyre and Ziggler both go out of the ring, but McIntyre is up first. McIntyre drags Ziggler up, drops him to CATAPULT him into Plexiglas! McIntyre gets back in the ring to refresh the count before going after Ziggler again. McIntyre puts Ziggler in, wants him to stand, and runs in to elbow! Inverted Alabama SLAM! McIntyre has a thumb up, but says thumbs down. The crowd fires up and counts down with him! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CHAIR SHOT to the leg! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!!! Ziggler can’t believe McIntyre survives! Ziggler is furious as McIntyre drags himself up the ropes. Ziggler storms over but McIntyre throws Ziggler out! McIntyre follows after, drags Ziggler up but Ziggler SUPERKICKS! McIntyre ends up on the table and Ziggler climbs the corner!

Ziggler isn’t satisfied with a ring out, he SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through McIntyre AND table!! Both men are down but it’s on McIntyre to get back into the ring! Ziggler drags himself away while the count climbs to 5. McIntyre stirs at 7, stands at 8, flops over but gets in at 9.9!! Ziggler is losing his mind! Ziggler crawls in after McIntyre, grabs a chair but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! The Glasgow Kiss puts Ziggler on ropes, McIntyre drags him up into the underhooks, but Ziggler spins out and kicks a leg! FAMOUSER! McIntyre flounders up, ZIGZAG! McIntyre is up again, URENAGE onto the CHAIR! Cover, TWO!?!? McIntyre survives again and Ziggler has no idea how! “Why won’t you die?!”

McIntyre crawls in a daze but Ziggler throws a chair out at the Plexiglas. Ziggler grabs another chair and throws it aside. Then a third chair. “This is MY time!” Ziggler tunes up the band as he demands McIntyre stand. McIntyre kips up and CLAYMORES!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

Incredible! Ziggler had a stacked deck and yet McIntyre knocked his house of cards down! Will anyone or anything be able to stop the Scottish Psychopath?

 

Wyatt Swamp Fight: Braun Strowman VS Bray Wyatt!

This may not be for the WWE Universal Championship, but this is for something even more important. If the Monster Among Men wins, he can finally put his past behind him. If he loses, it may very well mean the end of his humanity. Who survives wading through the murky depths of the dark and dangerous swamp of pure evil?

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair once more. A truck pulls up, and Braun Strowman gets out. Flashes of their past run through his mind as he walks up to Bray. Bray smiles as Braun says, “I’m home.” The lights go out, Bray laughs, and when the lights come back, he’s gone. Up to his old tricks again. A sign reads, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” Braun throws the chair at it! The laughter echoes, and Braun follows them deeper into the swamp. Wild boars run around, rabbits and buzzards make noise, and a masked minion attacks! Strowman fights that one off, and another one, and then Firefly Fun House Bray interrupts with a cheer! “Braun, Braun, he’s our man! If he can’t do it, no one can!”

Braun fights off one masked attacker but the other jumps on with a sleeper! Braun throws him off to ROCK and KNEE him down! “C’mon, Bray! Where you at?! Show your damn face!” Someone uses a shovel to SMACK Braun in the back! Braunw writhes but looks up to see… himself?! The Black Sheep looms over Braun and smiles! And then SMACKS Braun in the head!

When Braun comes to, he’s back in the old shack, chained to a rocking chair. The creepy dolls and sheep masks laugh at him. Braun realizes he’s stuck and tries to break free. Bray walks in, the old familiar song playing. “Let me out of these chains, you bastard!” Bray puts the lantern down to officially welcome Bruan home. Does he like what Bray did with the place? Braun hates Bray. Tell Bray all about it. Braun wants to hurt Bray, huh? But he can’t hurt what’s already dead! “And man, have I missed you!” This Bray has been watching. And he’s proud of what he’s become. The people love Braun, and it gets Bray’s heart racing. Bray knows Braun’s success is borrowed and temporary. When his 15 minutes are up, what will the people think of him? Who will have his back? Bray knows the answer.

Braun can’t see where he’s belong. He doesn’t care what Braun thinks, he just wants Braun to understand he isn’t Braun’s enemy! “Can’t you see the human race is a bacteria? Is an infection?” Braun is like Bray: he’s special. But he doesn’t understand. That’s why Braun needs Bray. They could be GODS and RULE! The people will bow down! Societies crumble, governments fall, and there they will be as prophesied! Does Braun know where Bray’s been? Braun doesn’t care, he’ll just send Bray back to hell where he belongs! Bray has been to places worse than Braun can ever imagine! Bray was stuck down a dark hole, watching the world through his own eyes, unable to control his own body!

But now, this Bray is back and it feels so good! “Look, Daddy! I got my wings back!” Bray ain’t going back! Braun is a weapon, Bray is the wielder! Bray knows what he is supposed to do. But in order for Braun to be the monster he is destined to be, Bray must destroy the one he’s become. Braun vows to never go back to doing his bidding! Bray wants to show Braun something really scary. Sister Abigail walks in with a snake! It BITES Braun!! “Come home.”

A fire burns. Braun walks over it to fight more masked minions. He clubs and kicks and knees them down, but then another minion swings a shovel! Braun ducks and dodges and fights over the shovel with the man, and Braun takes it for his own! Braun breaks the shovel handle and SMASHES the minion with the head! The man ends up in the fire and starts to burn! Braun laughs at the main as he runs around, but Braun tries to fight it, too. “Braun~!” A voice calls to him. “You don’t need to do this. Run. Come home, Braun.” Sister Abigail is actually… Alexa Bliss?! He knows he’s always wanted her. Just follow her home. This is what he’s always wanted, right? This can be his life. Just come home. No, it’s a trick! And then Bray attacks!! Bray goes after Braun’s eyes!!

Braun breaks free to CHOKE SLAM Bray into a boat! The boat’s motor takes it down the way. Has Braun broken Bray? Wait, the boat is coming back. How did it turn around? Braun watches the boat come back to the dock, wades through the water to check it, and it’s empty. Then who…? Bray emerges from the water and hits Braun with an oar! Bray goes to drown Braun in the swamp water!! Braun fights, the threat of gators around the corner! But eventually, Braun stomps fighting back. Wait, he emerges! Braun gasps and sputters and gets to the dock ladder. Braun drags himself up out of the water, flops onto the deck, but hears someone else laughing. And then, Bray stands over him with the oar!

Bray smacks him with the oar and throws forearms but Braun hits back. Braun stalks Bray but Bray hits him with an ax handle! Bray hits Braun over and over and over and over! Bray roars into the night, and then says, “Look what you made me do.” But Braun stands?! Bray laughs but Braun BOOTS him through the deck railing into the water! Bray doesn’t come back up. Braun kneels to look closer at the water, and says it’s over. Or is it? Bray reaches up with the MANDIBLE CLAW and drags Braun in!! Braun fights up but Bray drags him back down again! One last bubble, but now BRAY is the one fighting to get out of the water? Where are they? More bubbles, and now we’re in red water? Is someone bleeding? THE FIEND emerges!! “LET ME IN.” Bray wins the Swamp Fight, but did he lose control of himself again?

Winner: Bray Wyatt


My Thoughts:

Wow, this Extreme Rules was actually really good! There were a lot of things fans were worried about, but I don’t think any of those things happened. Kevin VS Murphy was pretty good but pretty fast for a kickoff show match I didn’t know was happening. And it worked a bit in story so that there would be no interference during the Eye for an Eye match. That match as a match was really great, even with the concept of getting an eye out of the socket. I may have blinked or looked down for a moment but I didn’t see a fake eye or whatever, only Rollins selling how traumatic that is to see. Rollins’ vomiting was a great touch, not sure if that was kayfabe barf or worked shoot barfing on command. Great touch, though, as was “removing” the already damaged eye. Now Mysterio won’t be completely blind in kayfabe.

It was great to see D-Von as part of the kickoff show, and naturally he was here to put over the table match. That table match was incredible, innovative, and went completely the other way than expected. WWE defies the math to great effect, and WOW Kofi going through two vertically arranged tables was insane. Cesaro and Nakamura being tag champions is a great move, and will freshen up things on SmackDown, though I’m not entirely sure who steps up to face them. The Usos are out of tag action while Jimmy recovers from injury and I can’t see New Day having a rematch unless Xavier Woods is miraculously ready to return. Miz & Morrison are strongly Heel though fans do like the guys. Heavy Machinery or Lucha House Party are probably the only ones that could even work a program with them, which is actually pretty good for those two.

It was a shame Apollo couldn’t make it to the PPV, I was looking forward to his match with MVP. They did a good job adjusting with the promo and the second unofficial crowning of MVP as champion. Hopefully whatever reason Apollo isn’t wrestling clears up and we can get this match to crown the undisputed United States Champion. Maybe it’ll be a match for SummerSlam, perhaps a ladder match so you have to pull down the shiny new belt. Meanwhile, MVP can also continue his recruitment of Cedric Alexander and we see how that story goes. McIntyre VS Ziggler was also really good, and I didn’t expect Ziggler to use his choice like that. Though in a way, Ziggler looks like a doofus not being able to finish McIntyre off with all those advantages. I’m very curious to see who rises up to be McIntyre’s next contender, but it feels a lot like Randy Orton after we see the “Unsanctioned” match with Big Show tomorrow.

I really liked how Bliss-Cross and Kabuki Warriors had their pep talk backstage. Both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship matches were great stuff, and each finish had a lot of controversy that both does and doesn’t hurt those involved. In a way, it feels like Kairi jinxed Nikki. Sasha was obviously a big key to Bayley retaining, which is good Heel work, and Nikki probably had the best singles match since the Last Woman Standing with Asuka in NXT. Bayley doing her part in returning the favor was good stuff, not quite how I had been expecting things to go but really creative. I didn’t expect Bayley to pretend to be a ref, and clearly her call shouldn’t count. Raw can be made even bigger tomorrow night with a rematch. Maybe a ladder match so that it’s about possession of the title.

Then the Swamp Fight was a lot of great stuff, too. Not really sure what was up with the masked minions, though. Couldn’t they wear sheep masks to keep continuity? Braun trying to stop himself from laughing at the one guy’s pain and Sister Abigail taking the form of Alexa to tempt Braun were great details to speak to Braun’s character. There are things he wants to be and doesn’t want to be, so it gives real depth to him. I also liked the promo part in the middle, with Bray framing the “Three Faces of Foley” situation as split personalities or even spiritual possession, as if the other two are these spirits within him. It works given the very, very end of the show, where old Bray does beat Braun, only for him to be dragged down into the water by The Fiend. Braun’s nightmare is coming true, but also this is going to be the tiebreaker at SummerSlam. Braun beat Firefly, lost to Eater of Worlds, but it’ll all be on the line against Bray’s strongest form.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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